Canary Wharf, Greater London
£40,000 - £48,000 per year
Contract, Part-time, Flexible, Full-time
Job description

Nest is the National Employment Savings Trust. It was set up by the government to give every worker in the UK somewhere to save for retirement. We’ve since grown to become one of the UK’s largest schemes.

Would you like to use your behavioural research skills to make a difference to financial wellbeing in the UK and beyond, working with leading practitioners and academics? Can you make real-world behavioural trials happen, building strong cross-organisational collaborations and managing complex projects effectively? 

Your new team

Nest Insight is a collaborative research and innovation think tank. We’re working to understand the challenges people face in saving for their later lives, and to develop and test solutions to those challenges.


Although we sit within Nest and draw learnings from the rich set of data Nest is building, we also work across the industry with other providers, from pensions, banking, fintech and beyond. We share all our work widely to influence industry and policy makers in the UK and internationally.

We do this through an ambitious programme of research, trials, events and publications, delivered in partnership with academics, think tanks, government and the industry. Nest Insight has quickly become a leading and respected voice in the sector.  

Nest insight is a business unit of Nest Corporation, but we are responsible for raising our own operating budget through grants and sponsorship. We have a team of 11 working across research, communications and partnerships. This is an exciting time to join Nest Insight – we’re growing quickly with lots of exciting projects in the pipeline and plans to expand our reach significantly over the next three years.

Your new role

We are now looking to recruit a Research Trials Manager, with the expertise and ambition to manage an exciting programme of trialling activity, reporting to Nest Insight’s Director of Research and Innovation.


The Research Trials Manager will help shape our research trials under one or more of our active research programmes, including:

Liquidity and workplace savings: our new sidecar savings opt out trial

Supporting self-employed people to save for retirement: technology-based savings trials


This role will report to and work closely with the Director of Research and Innovation. It will also involve supporting and working closely with other members of the Nest Insight team, including reporting regularly to the Nest Insight management team, supporting the Head of Development with funder reporting and supporting the Communications Manager in building awareness of our work.


This role will be required to build strong relationships with and manage stakeholders across all departments of Nest and with external partners, including research collaborators and funders.



You will:

Be comfortable managing large and complex research projects involving multiple partners

Work effectively at different levels across different organisations, building strong working relationships

Have sound understanding and application of research ethics, data protection and information security principles

Develop high quality research trial design, research materials and data collection strategy; analyse the data and produce compelling reporting of the results

Communicate clearly, concisely and impactfully across a range of media with communication tailored to audience and objective

What you’ll need to succeed

This role will involve working across different project workstreams, so the ability to prioritise effectively and then deliver is essential. You will have relevant educational qualifications in behavioural economics or behavioural science, or equivalent practical experience. You will have an outstanding professional attitude and mentality, a sense of awareness and emotional intelligence and a commitment to team working, diversity and inclusion. You will be passionate about improving financial wellbeing and longer-term financial security for people on low to mid incomes.


What you’ll get in return

This is a rewarding role for someone seeking to develop a career in behavioural research, working with some of the leading academics and practitioners in the field of applied research into financial behaviours.


By helping Nest Insight deliver its research programme, the Research Trials Manager will be helping make a difference to millions of low- and moderate-income savers and contributing to a programme with a strong reputation and high profile across the public policy community and the pensions industry.


This is a 1-year FTC salary up to £48,000 plus Benefits which could be offered for anything between 3.5 and 5 working days a week depending on experience.


This role can be offered on a flexible basis and we will consider job share, part time or full-time basis. We are open to different level of applicants in terms of knowledge and skillset. We will consider offering up to the full salary budget on a part-time basis to more experienced candidates where appropriate.


Please state your preference on the application if you wish to be considered for part time or condensed working hours

Everyone wants a good work life balance and you will be working with a truly flexible employer, fully embracing a working from home culture and flexible working hours.


You will have your birthday and Christmas Eve as an additional bonus to the already fantastic holiday allowance and of course…a generous pension contribution.



What you need to do now


Please complete your application on our website.  Please note that you must attach a Cover Letter explaining why you would be a good match for this role.


Please note that due to a high volume of applicants we will only be able to contact successful applicants.


Application closing date is Thursday 25th March


Nest is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage applicants from all the nine protected characteristics.


As a Disability Confident Committed, we guarantee to interview disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.


To best serve our diverse customer base, it’s important that Nest has an equally diverse workforce and promotes an inclusive culture. This is in line with the organisation’s values and ensures that Nest is a corporation fit for the future.



Please note that we can onboard and work remotely successfully during this period at Nest.

Please note that this is a London-based role with flexibility to work remotely.


Refreshed on: 26 April 2021
Closed date: 16 May 2021
Job ref: Nest
Tags: Policy/Research

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